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Sublime Reunites With Late Singer Bradley Nowell’s Son on Vocals

Sublime Reunites With Late Singer Bradley Nowell’s Son on Vocals

Sublime fans received a treat, yet for a good cause, when two band members got together with Jakob Newell. Bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh joined Newell, who is late singer Bradley Newell’s son. Jakob handled guitar and vocals on Monday night at Los Angeles’ Teragram Ballroom.

The show was part of a concert dedicated to help raise funds for Bad Brains frontman H.R.

Now, before this show, Wilson and Gaugh had not played together in 10 years. After Bradley Nowell died in 1996, Wilson and Gaugh joined up with Rome Ramirez to make Sublime with Rome in 2009. Gaugh, though, would leave in a couple of years. He didn’t want to play Sublime songs “without Brad.”

Sublime Sounds Cool With Jakob Newell

As for Jakob, he reportedly bears a striking resemblance to his father. He sang shirtless. Among the songs performed were April 29, 1992 (Miami), Wrong Way, What I Got, and Santeria. They finished up with Same in the End, according to Consequence.

News did break earlier in December about the threesome performing at the concert. Could there be something bigger happening down the road? “We’re patiently waiting and doing the right thing,” said Regime Music Group’s Kevin Zinger. He will handle Sublime’s business assets. “If the vibe’s there, the vibe’s there.”

As of now, Sublime with Rome, featuring Wilson, Ramirez, and new drummer Joe Tomino, will be heading out on a new tour. There’s no word about Wilson, Gaugh, and Jakob Nowell announcing some more shows.

Wilson, though, does have fond memories of the old days touring with Bradley and the others. He talked about it in an interview with The Fader.

Eric Wilson Holds Onto Band’s Memories

“I have a lot of them,” he said. “It was a lot rougher back in the day, but now that I look back at it, those were the best adventures. When Brad was around, we’d drive any vehicle we could get working enough to go across the country, we’d rent a U-Haul trailer, tell them we wanted it for a day, take it for a month, and drop it off around the corner.”

As for the band’s legacy, Wilson admits that there have been different thoughts or ideas about Sublime over the years. “Yeah, at first we had a lot of haters online, but they were just helping publicize us anyway. You know how the old saying goes, ‘Any publicity is good publicity,’” he said. “Then people would hear our songs and, whether they wanted to or not, they’d kind of get it. We’re definitely blessed.”

Others in the house supporting H.R included Saturday Night Live and Portlandia comedian Fred Armisen, band members from Fishbone, drummer Dave Lombardo who was with Slayer and the Misfits, and more. H.R. suffers from SUNCT Syndrome. It causes cycles of intense headaches that make it impossible for him to perform.